PA Voter ID Law

This page is your guide to the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law.

The Pennsylvania Voter ID law was deemed unconstitutional by a Commonwealth Court judge on January 17, 2014 and will NOT be in effect for the upcoming May 20 Primary Election.

Judge Bernard McGinley entered a permanent injunction against the enforcement of PA’s voter ID law at the polls: “[The in-person voting requirement in the Voter ID law] is invalid and unconstitutional on its face as the provision and issuance of compliant identification does not comport with liberal access and unreasonably burdens the right to vote.” Read the full opinion here.

No voter needs to show, or even needs to have, photo identification in order to use voting machines at the polls.

HOWEVER, there will still be an identification requirement for first-time voters or individuals voting in a new division, but they may show either photo or non-photo ID in order to use the voting machines.  A full list of accepted identification for first-time voters is available here.

Voters should also be aware that the portion of the Voter ID law pertaining to absentee voting was not challenged and will still be in effect for the May 20 Primary. Please refer to our handbook for information on absentee voting.

The battle for Voter ID, however, may not be over. The Corbett administration may appeal the case to the PA Supreme Court. Seventy will keep you posted!

Voter ID Law Legal Challenge

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Decision: Determination on Declaratory Relief and Permanent Injunction (January 17, 2014)

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Decision: Determination on Renewed Preliminary Injunction (8/16/13)

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Decision: Supplemental Determination on Preliminary Injunction (10/2/12)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision: Applewhite v The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (9/18/12)

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Decision: Applewhite v The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (8/15/12)


Voter Education Campaign Field Materials

Voter ID Law Handbook for Speakers/Trainers (August 21, 2013) Download (PDF)

Voter ID Flyer (August 29, 2013) Download (PDF)

Applications/Forms for Department of State ID Card for Voting

Application for Department of State Voter ID Card
Affirmation for Voters who do not Possess Proof of ID for Voting Purposes

Department of State Voter ID Card Replacement

Q&A for New DOS ID


See the Department of State's website for more information on Voter ID.

Applications/Forms for PennDOT Photo Identification Card

Form DL54-A (Application for Photo Identification Card) Download (PDF)
Oath/Affirmation That Voter Does Not Possess Proof of Identification for Voting Purposes Download (PDF)
Form HD01564F (Birth record request from Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of Vital Records) Download (PDF)

See the Department of Transportation's website for more information on Voter ID.

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